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2012 Kia Soul

Kia pulled the cover off the mid-cycle update to its iconic Soul urban passenger vehicle at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The successful Soul is fine-tuned for 2012 with a significant number of technology and powertrain enhancements with an emphasis on delivering more power and improved fuel efficiency. (continued below)

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2012 Kia Soul

2012 Kia Soul: More Powerful and Fuel Efficient

Source: Kia | Published: Sun Apr 24, 2011

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"After just two model years, we've given the 2012 Soul significant improvements in power, style and fuel economy, making this iconic vehicle the perfect package for consumers looking for something a little outside the box," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. "The Soul has always stood out from the crowd and is responsible for bringing new customers to the Kia brand and positioning the company for a series of record-breaking successes. With gas prices on the rise, this mid-cycle refresh adds even more style and fun-to-drive performance to the vehicle that started our design-led transformation while also improving fuel economy by 10 percent."

Since debuting in Spring 2009, Soul has earned a trophy case full of prestigious awards, including earning a 2009, 2010 and 2011 "Top Safety Pick" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), being named a Consumers Digest "Best Buy," achieving a "Top RecommendedSM Vehicle for 2011" by Edmunds.com, being a recipient of the "Best Family Cars for 2010" designation by Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine, recognized as "Best Hatchback of 2010" by Cars.com and being named to TopSpeed.com's "Top Ten Small Cars For Under $20K."

Edgy and Confident Exterior

Lauded for its standout design, the versatile five-door's low, wide stance is complemented by an angled window line and rounded nose. The beltline rises from the front wheel arch to create a gentle wedge shape that continues under and around the rear side window.

Offering plenty of standard features, the Soul trim features a chrome-accented grille, clear lens auto-off headlamps, body color door handles and side mirrors, black body side molding, rear wiper/washer, variable intermittent windshield wipers, front and rear disc brakes and 15-inch steel wheels fitted with 195/65 R15 tires.

Upgrading to the Soul+ the 2.0-liter engine adds keyless remote entry with flip key, Bluetooth5 hands-free phone connectivity, privacy glass on the hatch and rear side windows, body-color door handles and dual body-color power side mirrors with integrated turn signals, along with 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tires. Soul+ also comes with optional front fog lamps and a power sunroof.

The Soul! adds a power sunroof, new LED projector headlamps, LED tail lamps and fog lamps, body-colored bumper and 18-inch alloy wheels paired with 235/45 R18 tires standard. The dynamic Soul sport builds off of the Soul+ trim and adds an Infinity audio system, UVO powered by Microsoft, rear camera display, Supervision meter cluster, unique body color front and rear fascias, side sills, rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, and fog lamps wholly personifying the athletic, urban look Soul embodies.

Adding to the distinctiveness of Soul, buyers can choose from a wide palate of exotic exterior paint colors, including: Canyon and Moss (new for 2012), Dune and Clear White; metallic tones of Shadow, Titanium and Bright Silver; red-hot Molten; Alien green and Denim blue. Further adding to Soul's stylish and funky appeal, KMA will continue offering Special Edition Souls in the 2012 model year.

Kia Soul: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I4
Displacement 121 cu in (1975 cc)
Power 160 hp
Torque 143 lb-ft
Redline n/a
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
  6 Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 205/55 R16
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 162.2 in
Width 70.3 in
Height 63.4 in
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph n/a
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 27/33 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin South Korea
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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